Reliable bookmaker 1xBet tells about Nigeria’s most successful football club since 2015.
While passions rage around the Champions League and the Europa League in Europe, Akwa United, one of Africa's most interesting football clubs, continues its ascent in the Nigerian league.
This team became the news headliner in Nigeria two years ago (2021). Then the Uyo city representative from the southern Nigerian state of Akwa Ibom won the Nigeria Professional Football League title for the first time in the 24 year history of the club.
The narrative commenced with the Ibom Stars team in Nigeria during the year 1996. The inception of this event occurred within the Pro League, which serves as Nigeria's secondary level. Following a decade-long period marked by intense competition, the Stars successfully gained entry into the Nigerian Premier League and subsequently made the decision to undergo a name change. During the 2007/2008 season, the football club known as Ibom Stars underwent a transformation wherein it ceased to exist and then rebranded itself as Akwa United, earning the moniker "The Promise Keepers." The management of the club orchestrated the inaugural high-profile move within the national league.
In the 2014/15 season, Akwa United became a contender for the titles.
First, the club moved to the new 30,000-seat Godswill Akpabio stadium and then won the first major trophy - Nigeria FA Cup. In the final match, the Promise Keepers defeated Lobi Stars with a score of 2-1. The title allowed the team to play in the 2016 CAF Confederations Cup and for the first time, the club was talked about outside Nigeria.
Akwa United went on to lift the FA Cup once again in 2017, beating Niger Tornadoes 5-4 on penalties in Lagos in what was their second national trophy in three years.
Championship season and partnership with 1xBet:
The rise continued in the 2020/21 season. The team grew into a formidable force and set a new Nigerian league record of 18 games unbeaten. As a result, the Promise Keepers, for the first time in their history, became NPFL champions. As a bonus, the state government made a promise to reward the team with a prize of 100 million Naira.
The club's success did not go unnoticed, and in 2022 the global betting company 1xBet, widely known for its partnership with Barcelona, PSG, Lille, La Liga, Serie A, CAF, and other world-famous sports brands and organizations, became an official partner of Akwa United.
The top bookmaker became the team’s official sponsor for 2022-23 NPFL season and its logo appeared on the playing and training jerseys of the club.
Signing a sponsorship contract with the responsible company 1XBet was a big step in developing Nigerian football and local sports.
Akwa United proved that Nigerian sport can be interesting to large international companies.
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Season 2022/23 – a new challenge
This season, Ayodeji Ayeni's team is among the top three teams in Group A after the first stanza of the season and the manager said, the club’s main task is to work hard before the season's second stage to compete for a place in the Super-Six (NPFL playoffs).
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